Published on January 18th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe6
Fab Fabrics: Recycled Felt + 4 Felt Projects
We’ve talked about the joys of recycled felt before, but there are so many ways to craft with reclaimed felt, it’s always worth revisiting. Whether we’re talking felted wool from reclaimed sweaters or Kunin’s Eco-fi made from recycled plastic bottles, crafting with recycled felt is a great way to lighten your DIY footprint.
2 Kinds of Recycled Felt
It’s easy as pie to make your own recycled wool felt. All you need is a wool sweater, a washing machine, and possibly your dryer. If you’re not into tracking down and felting your own wool sweaters, you can find felted wool sellers on Etsy, like The Do Dad Chick.
Kunin makes crafting felt from recycled plastic soda bottles. Every pound of Eco-fi felt we use translates to 10 plastic bottles diverted from the landfills and instead turned into something cute and new. You can find Kunin felt at a number of online suppliers, like Felt-o-Rama and Create for Less.
Project 1: Recycled Felt Board Playset
Our very own Julie Finn shows you how to use recycled felt to make a fun, educational playset to delight the kiddos. You can do this project with recycled wool felt or Eco-fi, depending on what you have on hand or what you prefer.
Project 2: Felt Gift Envelopes
Martha Stewart walks you through how to make felt gift envelopes. While she doesn’t specify recycled felt, either sort would work great for this project! If your felted wool sweater scraps aren’t quite big enough, you can quilt them together to make a piece that will work for this project.
Project 3: Recycled Felt Journal Cozy
Keep your journal safe from wear and tear, with a slot to stow your favorite pen! This recycled felt journal cozy makes a great, handmade touch if you’re giving a journal or notebook as a gift, too.
Project 4: Mary Jane Felt Slippers
Over at Craft Bits, Madame Butterfly shows you how to make a sweet pair of Mary Jane slippers out of felt. The only other supplies you’ll need are scissors, glue, and puffy paint to create a textured sole.
Have you done any fun, felt projects lately? Tell us all about it in the comments!
[Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by stars alive]